A Cole is a long haired mustelid that lives in Eustacia. Physical characteristics of this species include a long, bushy tail, pink nose, blackish-blue fur, and eyes that appear white. Due to its poor eyesight, it relies on its nose for navigation.
When the Cole isn’t hunting birds, it will consume berries and roots. When it attacks, it will inject a sedative using its teeth. Besides subduing prey, the Cole uses this sedative to escape danger.
The Cole is a nocturnal species that blends into the dark. It uses scent glands to deceive other creatures. Basically, it hides its smell so animals can’t detect it.
The Cole also uses scent glands to hide its kill from other beasts, but in one horrifying case, it used them on a human. While Coles staged an attack on Snowdrop, one of them abducted and sedated a little girl. Despite their excellent sense of smell, Eustachians couldn’t find her.
The feud between Coles and Eustachians began with microevolution. When the Coles evolved into stronger, larger beasts, they started bullying Eustachian neighbors. The terror ended when the first, future monarchs of Eustacia, Merritt Lux and Brennus Lucian, helped drive Coles out of Snowdrop and Poppy.
Upon their coronations, Queen Merritt and King Brennus decreed that Coles will be killed should they ever set foot in these towns again. Years later, with the House of Lucian gone, the Coles avenged themselves by attacking Poppy in broad daylight.
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